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  • The Restaurant, Fast Food and Catering Industry
    South Africa
    25 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s restaurant, fast food and catering sector generated revenue of R68.27bn in 2018, representing real revenue growth of 2.8%. While technology continues to disrupt the industry, particularly with the rapid growth in fast food delivery, a consumer revolution is gaining momentum. Menus are increasingly reflecting consumer demand for nutritious ingredients that are procured in a sustainable and ethical manner. Damning allegations made at the Zondo commission into state capture have placed the outsourced catering segment under the spotlight.
  • The IT Industry
    South Africa
    17 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    IT spend in South Africa is forecast to increase at a higher pace than the economy in 2019. Although the general state of the economy has a direct impact on the growth of the ICT sector, its customers continue to invest in technology and the sector consistently shows a growth rate that is higher than GDP. Cybersecurity is a high priority, with global statistics indicating that South Africa is the third most targeted country in the world for cyber-attacks. Alleged IT-related procurement irregularities revealed through a number of commissions of inquiry and investigations continue to affect the reputation of some industry players. It is estimated that there are over 13,000 IT companies and over 3,000 electronics companies in South Africa with the vast majority being small companies employing less than 50 people.
  • Retail of Furniture, Appliances and White Goods
    South Africa
    11 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    The furniture and appliance industry’s contribution to overall retail sales continues to contract from 5.4% of total retail sales in 2016 to 4.25%, equating to R44.48bn, in 2018. However, household furniture, appliances and equipment sales grew 10.6% in 2018 against overall retail sales growth of 2.1%, despite the fallout from the revelation of accounting irregularities at Steinhoff International in December 2017. Steinhoff owns a majority stake in Pepkor, the country’s largest furniture retailer through JD Group.
  • Manufacture of Dairy Products
    South Africa
    10 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    Volumes of raw milk and other dairy products grew in 2017 and 2018 after five years of challenges including continuous decline in demand, contraction in producer numbers, low producer prices, shrinking margins and growing competition from within the sector and other beverage industries. Raw milk production increased by 2.7% in 2017 and almost 4% in 2018. Sales of UHT (long-life) milk, fermented milk product maas and packaged cheese grew strongly, but sales of butter and yoghurt declined due to high prices.
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry
    South Africa
    05 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    The pharmaceutical sector, which researches, develops, markets and distributes drugs, as part of the wider healthcare system, is valued at R50bn at manufacturers’ exit price and R68bn using retail sales. The industry faces the challenge of expanding access to and affordability of drugs, on the one hand and growing South Africa’s drug manufacturing capacity on the other. The sector seeks to meet this challenge in the context of implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) and rapid technological developments.
  • The Fertiliser and Nitrogen Compounds Industry
    South Africa
    02 April 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    In 2017 the estimated value of purchases in the fertiliser industry was R13.8bn, representing 9.5% of total purchases in the agricultural sector, according to Statistics South Africa. South Africa remains a relatively small player internationally but it has one of the largest and most sophisticated fertiliser markets on the African continent. The fertiliser industry will be affected by the delay in the 2018/19 planting season due to drought, where it has been estimated that maize plantings reduced by 20%.
  • The Healthcare Sector
    South Africa
    29 March 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s two-tiered healthcare sector is supported by more than 252,650 registered practitioners providing essential services through 7,90 public healthcare facilities and 524 private healthcare facilities. Expenditure on human health activities and services exceeded R400bn in the 2017/18 financial year, with private healthcare accounting for approximately R213bn of total spend. With an allocation of 12.3% of the total budget, health expenditure represents the third largest item of consolidated state expenditure, but the public healthcare system continues to decline.
  • The Accommodation Industry
    South Africa
    28 March 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s accommodation industry is highly seasonal and its success is dependent on the economic well-being of local and international tourists. Income from accommodation (excluding restaurant and bar sales and other income) stayed flat in 2018 at R24.96bn compared to R24.97bn in 2017. The number of available units in December 2018 decreased across all types of accommodation compared to 2017. The sector has the potential to be a major contributor to the economy and enterprise development, especially among women and youth.
  • The Kenyan Petroleum Industry
    Kenya
    25 March 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    Kenya is a net importer of petroleum products and its petroleum sector is dominated by foreign-owned companies. The sector is characterised by a large number of players that import, export, distribute and transport petroleum products. The majority of market share is held by UK-owned and JSE-listed Vivo Energy, and Nairobi Stock Exchange-listed KenolKobil and Total Kenya. Foreign investors are developing the country’s oilfields for crude oil production and exports by 2021 pending their final investment decision.
  • Manufacture of Metal Containers
    South Africa
    15 March 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    The metal packaging sector, which is valued at approximately R5.9bn per annum, accounts for 9.2% of the South African packaging market. Demand for packaging products was subdued in 2018 as a poor economy, joblessness and an increase in VAT, fuel, electricity and other prices put pressure on consumers’ disposable income. The metal packaging sector continues to have the highest recycling rate of all packaging, with almost 76% of all metal packaging in South Africa being recovered.
  • The Farming of Animals
    South Africa
    14 March 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    Livestock farming is the largest agricultural sector and continues to suffer the consequences of reduced rainfall since 2014, ongoing drought and drought-induced losses, excessive temperatures which affect breeding, rising input costs, increasing crime, stock theft and predation, diseases, reduced consumer spending and limited access to land, water and resources. The sector continues to decline in terms of number of farmers and livestock. Despite all this however, gross animal product income for 2017/2018 of R142.97bn was 13.3% higher than the R126.16bn reported in 2016/2017, largely due to better prices received by farmers.
  • The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Industry
    South Africa
    08 March 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    South African horticulture plays an increasingly key role in the wider agricultural sector and is a particularly important category for the country’s agricultural exports. Horticulture’s contribution to the value of total agriculture has steadily increased over the past two decades and fresh fruit and vegetables accounted for 28.8% of annual gross value of agricultural production in the 2017/2018 season. The horticultural industry accounts for over one third of total employment in South African agriculture.
  • Manufacture and Wholesale of Machinery for Mining, Quarrying and Construction
    South Africa
    28 February 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    The volume of special purpose machinery produced increased by 5.5% between December 2017 and December 2018, while the sales value of these products at current prices rose by 8.2% over the same period. Seasonally adjusted sales value of special purpose machinery was R5.55bn in December 2018. Manufacturers and wholesalers of mining, quarrying and construction machinery are experiencing subdued demand for their products due to low levels of investment in the mining industry and limited activity in the construction sector.
  • Wholesale and Retail Food in Egypt
    Egypt
    25 February 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    The wholesale and retail of food in Egypt has been under pressure since the floating of the Egyptian pound in 2016 which drove up inflation and put pressure on import prices. This was coupled with the introduction of value-added tax and the withdrawal of several fuel and food subsidies. Over-crowding, lack of parking facilities and out-of-stock situations are all commonplace experiences for shoppers. However, there is long-term growth potential given that on average Egyptians spend 35% of their income on food, and more than 40% of the population are under 30, the generation widely regarded as most likely to understand the benefits of the one-stop approach to shopping.
  • The Tile Industry
    South Africa
    25 February 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s tile industry is experiencing difficulties due to poor economic conditions, restrained consumer spend and limited public and private sector investment. The construction industry, on which the tile sector is reliant, is highly dependent on government infrastructure development which has been slow.
  • Quantity Surveying
    South Africa
    25 February 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    The quantity surveying sector in South Africa consisted of 2,236 registered professional quantity surveyors and 2,303 registered candidate quantity surveyors in 2018. A subdued macro-economic environment, the weak rand and the country's troubled construction industry, which the quantity surveying sector relies on, caused the sector to contract in 2018. The number of practising salaried quantity surveyors with more than 10 years' experience declined from 28.2% of all practising surveyors to 21.4% in 2018.
  • Management Consulting & Business Advisory Services
    South Africa
    13 February 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s management consulting and business advisory industry has been under growing pressure since 2017. The industry has been rocked by revelations that numerous consulting firms, including several global market leaders, have facilitated and/or been complicit in irregular activities and misdeeds, including fraud, state capture and corruption. Revelations that consultants from several multinational firms were found to be complicit have rocked the industry. The consequences of these developments, consulting expenditure cutbacks and economic conditions have affected the traditionally lucrative industry. However, some mid-tier and boutique management consultancies appear to be well positioned to capitalise on the crisis.
  • The Solid Waste Management Industry
    South Africa
    06 February 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s 826 landfill sites take in 98 million tons of waste each year. Just less than 39% of general waste is recycled and more than 61% treated or landfilled, while just 6% of hazardous waste is re-used or recycled and 94% treated or landfilled. The World Bank forecasts that waste generation in sub-Saharan Africa will reach 516 million tons per year in 2050.
  • The Life insurance Industry Including Reinsurance
    South Africa
    31 January 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    With total assets of R3.1-trillion at 30 September 2018, South Africa’s life insurance industry is the largest on the African continent. The industry contributed R469bn to the local economy through total benefit payments to policyholders and beneficiaries during 2017. Individual benefits, amounting to R207.5bn, showed minimal year-on-year growth, but the increase in critical illness and murders in South Africa are a potential driver of future increases in benefits paid. Death claims, which made up 78.5% of risk claims, decreased by 1.2% over the 12-months to 30 June 2018.
  • Medical Aid Funding
    South Africa
    28 January 2019
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 1 026.30 (USD) *
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    The South African medical aid funding industry provides cover to over 8.8 million beneficiaries whose gross contributions amounted to R179.8bn in 2017. The total number of registered medical schemes declined from 124 in 2006 to 80 at end-March 2018. Discovery Health is the dominant player with over 2.7 million beneficiaries or around 31% of the total domestic market and over 50% of the open medical schemes segment. The Government Employees Medical Scheme dominates the restricted medical schemes segment with a market share of 47%. Medical scheme membership remains out of the reach of over 83% of the South African population.

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